The Careers Department's main purpose is to help you with the challenging choices that face you concerning higher education and employment. A team of Careers Advisers and Tutors ensure that information, advice and guidance is readily available when you need it, either as part of a careers lesson or individually through careers interviews.
Carrers education covers issues of relevance to all students including university, jobs with training, gap years and the expanding range of higher level apprenticeships which can lead to degree level qualifications.
The careers lessons are supplemented by a range of other services such as
- visiting speakers from university and industry
- trips to university open days and a higher education fair
- a programme of support for students applying for competitive vocational degrees
- a Jobs & Training seminar with speakers from local apprenticeship providers and employers
There is a separate programme for students applying to Oxford, Cambridge, medicine, veterinary science and other competitive universities and degrees.
Work experience and voluntary work are gaining in importance, particularly if you are applying for jobs and apprenticeships or vocational degrees such as healthcare and teaching. The Careers Department can help you arrange placements.
Careers guidance on the other hand is concerned with individual choices. This is delivered initially through a one-to-one interview which allows you the opportunity to explore and discuss your personal careers plans and to take the appropriate action. Careers interviews can be booked in advance or you can take advantage of the drop-in sessions that are run every day throughout the academic year.
For those of you interested in jobs and apprenticeships, there is a dedicated Careers (Work Related) Adviser who organises workshops and seminars and has links with local employers who are keen to recruit young people.
The college has a careers reference library which you are encouraged to use in your own time.
The Careers Department recognises the key role parents play in the education and employment of their daughters and sons. With this in mind, evening meetings are held each year to keep parents fully informed. In addition to this, parents are very welcome to consult the College Careers Advisers at any time.